Economics for Emancipation: The Past and Future of the Freedom Struggle
After decades on the defensive from neoliberal onslaught, where activists and communities have been fighting to preserve prior gains in social security, migrant rights, public education, etc., we now have the opportunity to push for the world we want to see.
Designed to address the movement’s knowledge gaps and counter conservative economic myths, the Center for Popular Economics' Summer Institute provides an intensive training in the economics needed to advance a different vision.
CPE is partnering with the Center for Economic Democracy - CED to run the 2019 Summer Institute in Boston from June 25 to June 30. CPE and CED are committed to popular education, relating political and economic concepts to people’s concrete lives and using games, theater, music, and film to make this information accessible and fun.
We aim to equip activists with the conceptual tools they need to understand how we have gotten to the current predicament and how to get out. By the end of the Summer Institute participants should be familiar with how capitalism has evolved historically, the broad outlines of debates in economic theory and radical activism, the different proposals for a post-capitalist future and how we can implement progressive reforms in the short-term.
THE INSTITUTE EXPERIENCE
The Summer Institute consists of daily classroom sessions co-taught by two CPE staff economists. Classes are small (on average 15-20 participants) and meet for 12 sessions for a total of 18 hours during the week. The CPE curriculum covers the following topics:
--The history of global capitalism
--The movements against class, race and gender oppression
--The nature of capitalist exploitation progressive approaches to fiscal and monetary policy
--The economics of climate change, racism and patriarchy
--Current international architecture for trade and finance
--Alternative economic systems
The intensive and cumulative nature of these classroom sessions allows participants to delve deeply into the material, build community and learn from one another’s knowledge and experience. Participants come from across the US and around the world with diverse interests and expertise and a wide range of educational backgrounds.
Participants have described these sessions as “inspiring, intense, stimulating, and comprehensive.”
COST & SCHOLARSHIPS
The full cost of tuition is $900, which includes housing and meals. For those not requesting overnight accommodations, the cost is $500. Childcare and Spanish translation will also be available.
We have a strong commitment to providing financial assistance to help people attend the Summer Institute. We have a limited scholarship fund, and we rely heavily on the honest assessment of each participant’s financial situation. You may request scholarship assistance when you fill out a registration form.
If you request a scholarship we will be in contact with you to discuss scholarship availability on a case-by-case basis.
The Center for Popular Economics is a nonprofit collective of political economists based in Amherst, MA. Since our founding in 1979, thousands of people have participated in our workshops and Institutes. Our programs and publications demystify the economy and put useful economic tools in the hands of people fighting for social and economic justice. We examine root causes of economic inequality and injustice including systems of oppression based on race, class, gender, nation and ethnicity.
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